pekin with swollen joints and limping

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Noelg, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Noelg

    Noelg Out Of The Brooder

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    HI all
    need help and or advice

    i have a female pekin with very swollen joints, she is about 3 years old, perfectly healthy in every other way. this has been going on for a while, getting better for a bit, now since the weather change is worse with both knees now involved.

    My 2 pekins(male and female) are in with my chickens, and are eating all the same feed. i feed layena,mixed with the new omega3 pellets from purina. she didnt lay any eggs most of the summer, layed great for about the last month, and then stopped again about a week or so ago.

    i know it must be something to do with the feed, either lack of or too much of something. Can someone clue me in on how to fix this? I can switch them into the pen with my younger girls that are on flockraiser if the need be. Im gonna start this as a new post in ducks, but i think i will also put something in emergency also. hopefully that is allowed

    tia
    noelg
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I like the idea of moving them to the flockraiser pen. I cannot think of which nutrient may be a problem, but I will look into that.

    Another thought is that it could be some kind of infection.

    Something to help with the symptom, regardless of the cause, would be an Epsom salts compress.

    Es is a laxative, so I would not just put it in bathwater, by the way.
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2013
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I have an older drake who has been having difficulty walking, no heat or swelling though, but i started him on 81megs of aspirin about 2 weeks ago and am seeing a marked improvement in how he is walking and feeling[moving around more] I take 2- 81mg coated aspirin and put it in a piece of bread roll it up into a bite size piece and he takes it right down, i do this 2X a day. Since your actually seeing swelling this may help with your girls since aspirin is for inflammation. Maybe do research on using aspirin in waterfowl, i did before I started him on it. Rest and warm water therapy may also help in your case.. Let us know how she does,.
     

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